|Re: Any substitute for HP 41C series????|
Message #27 Posted by Larry Estatico on 23 Sept 2010, 11:18 a.m.,
in response to message #26 by Martin Pinckney
I started this thread and I DO have a 41cx working as well as a card reader and other stuff. But I long since gave up on OEM rechargeable battery packs. I have a supply of NiMh size N rechargeables that I charge in a full size Nicd charger using small 1/4 sockets to take up the space difference between an "N" and a "AA".
I do not want to lose my programs or risk a non-survivable drop of the machine. And if a 50G self for $150, (Ok - the 48's can be cheaper I will consider that too) to me it would be worth having and carrying instead of risking the original 41's.
I did get my existing on Ebay and know they can be found -- but why risk someone else's headache or pay good money for an OLD machine, even though it is excellent. I DO want something new that I do not have to treat as 'an irreplaceable fossil' - LOL
A quick look found a 41c for $152 and still bidding and another with a 41c with'buy it now' of $179 -- just get the 50g at that point! Both seem to be the base C model
On a side note: It is easy to get one's hands on an inexpensive TI or non-HP calculator. I HATE THEM! I cannot stand doing anything more than simple math on them and even that only if I have no other choice! Why? RPN!
Someone helped my older brother who is a civil engineer get an ORIGINAL HP 35 when they were new and he was in College. He let me try it. I got so used to RPN right away!
Later, when I started college, I found a Novus programable RPN Calculator. Friends needing to borrow one soon learned not to ask me, since they could not be bothered with RPN. Later, when the great Ronald Reagan let me actually make some money AND buy some gas - I was able to buy the 41C. That original bounced one time
more than it could stand and was replaced by current 41 machine. But to this day I have the original box and misc.
I vaguely recall seeing a Russian made RPN calc advertised, but not in person. I guess I am preaching to the choir!
I think HP made a wise decision in making great machines with CHOICE of RPN, Algebraic, textbook. This way they keep the superior RPN alive for us addicts w/o losing market share on those whom are not converted to RPN.
Wonder how many HP owners out there stick with the Alternatives and never master RPN?
For me, I will never master algebraic!
Edited: 23 Sept 2010, 2:06 p.m. after one or more responses were posted